Chip Mitchell

Reporter, West Side Bureau
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From our bureau near the border of Chicago’s Little Village and North Lawndale neighborhoods, Chip explores low-wage industries, immigration, contingent labor, the informal economy and underground business.

Chip’s investigative and narrative reports for WBEZ have earned more than a dozen local and national awards. His story from Mexico and Texas about Chicago’s heroin supply chain won the 2014 National Headliner Award for best radio-station documentary. The city’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter in 2013 gave him its award for best reporter in Chicago-area radio. Other honors have come from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow awards), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Illinois Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club and the Community Media Workshop (Studs Terkel award).

Before Chip joined WBEZ in 2006, his base for three years was Bogotá, the Colombian capital, where he focused on the participation of U.S. government and corporate entities in that country’s civil war. He reported from Colombia and several other Latin American countries for PRI’s The World, NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Committee to Protect Journalists and others.

From 1995 to 2003, Chip focused on immigration and the U.S. role in Latin America as editor of Connection to the Americas, winner of Utne Reader’s 2003 award for general excellence among newsletters nationwide. In 1995, the Milwaukee Press Club named a story he authored for Madison’s Isthmus the year’s best investigative report in Wisconsin. The story examined a fatal shooting by narcotics officers in a rural mobile-home park. In 1992, he co-founded two daily news shows broadcast ever since on Madison’s community radio station, WORT.

Chip was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised nearby. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood with his partner and their daughter. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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